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Characteristics of Wood ASH/OPC Concrete

Author(s): M. ABDULLAHI

Journal: Leonardo Electronic Journal of Practices and Technologies
ISSN 1583-1078

Volume: 5;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 9;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: Wood ash | OPC concrete | Chemical analysis

The study presents the behaviour of wood ash / OPC concrete. Chemical analysis of wood ash, bulk density, sieve analysis and specific gravity of wood ash and aggregates, consistency, setting time and slump test of the fresh paste were conducted to determine the suitability of the materials for concrete making. Mix ratio of 1:2:4 and percentage replacement level of 0, 10, 20, 30 and 40 percents of cement by wood ash were used. 150mm´150mm cubes were cast, cured and crushed at 28 and 60 days to determine their compressive strength. Test result indicates that the wood ash is slightly pozzolanic, water demand increases as the ash content increases and the setting time of the paste increases as the ash content increases. Compressive strength of wood ash / OPC concrete it increases with age at curing with optimum replacement of cement by wood ash of 20%.
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